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November 4, 2013, 10:40 PM

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Boyd Erman / Globe and Mail:
BlackBerry-Fairfax takeover dies; Thorsten Heins out  —  BlackBerry Ltd. is abandoning a plan to find a buyer and will instead raise $1-billion of new funds and replace its chief executive and some directors, sources said.  —  The Waterloo, Ontario-based smartphone company had spent the past …
Reuters:
New BlackBerry boss John Chen out to prove skeptics wrong  —  (Reuters) - John Chen, the man charged with breathing life into struggling BlackBerry Ltd, says he has no intention of killing the money-losing BlackBerry handset as he looks to turn around the smartphone maker.
Darrell Etherington / TechCrunch:
The Switch:
How we know the NSA had access to internal Google and Yahoo cloud data  —  The Washington Post reported last Wednesday that the National Security Agency has been tapping into the private links that connect Google and Yahoo data centers around the world.  Today we offer additional background …
Deborah Kan / Wall Street Journal:
Google's Eric Schmidt Lambasts NSA Over Spying  —  On a recent visit to Hong Kong, Google Executive Chairman Eric Schmidt spoke to Deborah Kan about allegations that the U.S. National Security Agency spied on the company's data centers, censorship in China, and the country he wants to visit next.
Brendan Sasso / The Hill:
NSA chief likely to lose cyber war powers  —  Senior military officials are leaning toward removing the National Security Agency director's authority over U.S. Cyber Command, according to a former high-ranking administration official familiar with internal discussions.
More: The Verge and SlashGearTweets: @bethritterguth and @20committee
Mark Gurman / 9to5Mac:
Apple to build new manufacturing facility in Arizona with solar-power, will create 2000+ jobs  —  The State of Arizona today announced that Apple is planning to build a new manufacturing facility in the city of Mesa, Arizona.  The facility will create 700 jobs for manufacturing …
Daniel Rubino / Windows Phone Central:
Revealed - The Nokia Lumia 929, Verizon's 5 inch 1080P Windows Phone  —  Although Nokia had a lot to announce a few weeks ago in Abu Dhabi, one of those devices not mentioned was the Nokia Lumia 929, destined for Verizon.  That device is said to be in carrier testing right …
Tom Warren / The Verge:
Sean Hollister / The Verge:
We play with the Steam Machine, Valve's game console of the future  —  Can the company behind ‘Half-Life’ build hardware worthy of the TV?  —  Valve Corporation, the video game developer responsible for Half-Life, Portal, Team Fortress , and the digital distribution platform Steam …
Kashmir Hill / Forbes:
Parody Twitter account that apparently duped Costolo temporarily suspended without explanation  —  The Death And Rebirth Of @ProfJeffJarvis, The Best Parody Account On Twitter  —  For the Internet thinkeratti, @ProfJeffJarvis is a Twitter must-follow.  It's a satirical account that takes …
Marvin Ammori / Wired:
We're About to Lose Net Neutrality — And the Internet as We Know It  —  Net neutrality is a dead man walking.  The execution date isn't set, but it could be days, or months (at best).  And since net neutrality is the principle forbidding huge telecommunications companies from treating users …
Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch:
IBM Claims Twitter Infringes On At Least 3 Of Its Patents, According To Twitter's Latest S-1 Update  —  As Twitter embarks on its initial public offering roadshow, the company has issued another update to its S-1 today with a curveball.  IBM has recently issued a letter to Twitter alleging …
Jay Yarow / Business Insider:
Jeff Bezos' Wife Trashes The New Book On Amazon, Gives It 1 Star, Says The Author Got Lots Of Facts Wrong  —  Jeff Bezos' wife left a devastating review of the big new book about Amazon by Bloomberg Businessweek writer Brad Stone.  —  On Amazon (naturally) she gave the book 1 star titling her review, “I wanted to like this book.”
Woody Leonhard / InfoWorld:
OS X Mavericks upgrade destroys data, reports Western Digital  —  Issues extend to external hard drives, as well as eSATA- or Thunderbolt-based peripherals from other vendors  —  Wetern Digital sent an email to its registered customers over the weekend, warning them not to use …
More: iMore and Cult of Mac
Jason Del Rey / AllThingsD:
LivingSocial's Traffic Is Plummeting  —  When Amazon reported its third-quarter earnings late last month, it once again shed a bit of light on the troubles at LivingSocial, the deals site in which Amazon holds a 31 percent stake.  —  After revenue rose a modest six percent at LivingSocial …
Andy Greenberg / Forbes:
3D-Printing ‘Encryption’ App Hides Contraband Objects In Plain Sight  —  If 3D printing companies and government agencies hope to police the spread of dangerous or pirated shapes, their task is about to get much more complicated.  —  Late last month Matthew Plummer-Fernandez …

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